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Bayou Boondoggle: La. Lawmakers Consider ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

It seems Louisiana lawmakers didn’t learn from the recent backlash caused by “religious freedom” bills in Indiana and Arkansas, so Pelican State politicians are mulling legislation that could allow for discrimination against LGBT persons under the guise of “religious liberty.” Read more

Troubled Consciences: Ga. Pharmacist Withholds Crucial Medicine From Miscarrying Woman

Georgia’s broad “conscience clauses” are under renewed scrutiny due to reports that a pharmacist refused to fill a prescription for a drug some abortion opponents don’t like. According to Brittany Cartrett, a Walmart pharmacy blocked her prescription for Misoprostol. Cartrett needed the drug to manage a natural miscarriage, but it is also often prescribed to induce medical abortions. Read more

By The Book: Tenn. Governor And Attorney General Oppose Measure That Would Make The Bible The Official State Tome

It looks like Tennessee could be headed for church-state trouble once again, this time with a bill that would make the Bible the state’s official book. The proposal is so bad, even the Tennessee attorney general thinks this legislation is problematic. Read more

Doomsday Dobson: Religious Right Figure Claims Marriage Equality Will Spark ‘Civil War’

Marriage equality is on the march in the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case later this month that could extend same-sex marriage nationwide as early as the end of June.

Religious Right groups are in full-blown panic. They know they are likely running out of options to stem the marriage tide, and one of their few remaining ploys is to create hysteria with absurdist arguments that the legalization of same-sex marriage will result in war – and they mean that literally. Read more

Politicking Problems: Iowa Pastors Are Campaigning For Presidential Candidates

Election season is still in its early stages, but eyes are already on Iowa. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have already declared their candidacy for the presidency; Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Louisiana’s Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Florida governor Jeb Bush are also expected to declare shortly to compete for the GOP nomination. (And let’s not forget Ben Carson, another favorite of social conservatives.) Read more

Marriage Matters: Thoughts On The Recent Unpleasantness In Indiana

Last week I taped an interview with Sister Maureen Fielder, host of “Interfaith Voices,” a popular radio program exploring religious issues that is carried by many NPR stations.

The topic of the show was Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law, and appearing with me was Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist, a libertarian journal. We had a spirited but thoughtful discussion. Read more